Will on the Hill
May 6, 2013
Will on the Hill, having just celebrated its eleventh anniversary, is a bipartisan favorite for fans of theatre and politics! Proceeds from this event support STC’s many education, artistic and community engagement programs including in-school workshops and online learning resources that inspire new and diverse audiences and deepen the connection to classical theatre in learners of all ages.
To join the festivities by purchasing a VIP ticket or sponsorship package, contact
The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Will on the Hill benefit each spring welcomes Members of Congress, Senators, and distinguished Washington insiders onto the Company’s stage to perform scenes from Shakespeare—infused with comedic references to contemporary politics.
Will on the Hill pays tribute to the unique dynamic of our city and provides a wonderful way to engage new audiences and support the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic, education and community outreach programs.
“Each spring, members of Congress and the media are invited to show off their acting skills (or lack thereof). To play or not to play, that is the question.” – NBC Washington
“I would suggest putting “Will on The Hill” on your calendar for next May if you want to enjoy a fun night in the theater, see members of Congress act silly intentionally, and help bring Shakespeare to the young people of greater Washington.” – Washington Blade
For the 2013 Final Report, click here.
Check back often to find out who will be appearing in next year’s Will on the Hill.
Bernie McKay, Co-Chair
Steve Ryan, Co-Chair
McDermott Will & Emery
Nick Allard, Past Chairman
Patton Boggs LLP
Dr. Paul Carter
Global Wireless Solutions Inc.
Patton Boggs LLP
Mike Evans, Past Chairman
Mike House, Past Chairman
Hogan Lovells US LLP
The Honorable Tom Davis
Former President of National Association of Manufacturers
Hogan Lovells US LLP
The BGR Foundation
Jim Portnoy, Past Chairman
Runyan Public Affairs
Rich Whiting, Past Chairman
The Financial Services Roundtable
Will on the Hill Cast 2013:
Featuring Anna Chlumsky and Todd Scofield
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
Representative Susan Davis (D-CA)
Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ)
Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA)
Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Representative Jared Polis (D-CO)
Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL)
Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
The Honourable Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (Member of the Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset)
Jonathan Allen (Senior Washington Corrspondent for POLITICO)
Rita Braver (Correspondent for CBS News)
Bob Cusack (Managing Editor of The Hill Newspaper)
Major Garrett (Chief White House Correspondent with CBS News and Correspondent at Large with National Journal)
Rick Klein (ABC Senior Washington Editor)
Chris Matthews (Hardball with Chris Matthews)
The Will on the Hill cast of 2013 was anchored by VEEP star Anna Chlumsky and STC regular, Todd Scofield. Performing, “Toil and Trouble,” written by Peter Byrne and directed by Alan Paul, the cast was rounded out by Senator Susan Collins, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Roger Wicker and 18 members of the House of Representatives. Additionally, media personalities such as Chris Matthews (Hardball with Chris Matthews) and Rita Braver (CBS Evening News) participated in the event.
Members of Congress and friends of the theatre celebrated Will on the Hill’s 10th Anniversary by starring in Will on the Hill 2012, titled “Speak the Speech, I Pray You!” written by Peter Byrne and directed by Alan Paul. Special guest stars included Emmy Award winner Richard Schiff, from hit TV drama “The West Wing” and STC Affiliated Artist Veanne Cox. The cast also included Senator Roger Wicker and 17 representatives including Michael Grimm, Chaka Fattah, Peter Roskam and Eleanor Holmes Norton.
The 2011 Will on the Hill featured Private Practice actor Tim Daly, Tony-nominated actor Euan Morton and more than 15 members of Congress—including Donna Edwards, Bob Goodlatte, Patrick Leahy, Sue Myrick and Roger Wicker—in “The World’s a Stage,” written by Peter Byrne. The 2011 event also marked the first time that a member of British Parliament, The Honourable Ian Liddell-Grainger, participated in the event.
Senator Roger Wicker took on the role of the President in Will on the Hill 2010, titled “The Play’s the Thing!,” again written by Peter Byrne and directed by David Muse. Special guest stars included Peter Jacobson, from the hit TV drama “House” and well-known DC actress Holly Twyford. The cast also included Senator Richard Lugar and 13 Representatives including Mike McIntyre, Donna Edwards, Jesse Jackson Jr, and Chellie Pingree.
Featuring media notables Jessica Yellin (CNN), Chuck Todd (NBC), Gordon Peterson (WJLA), and Hugo Gurdon (The Hill Newspaper), Will on the Hill 2009, titled “A Midsession Night’s Dream,” was written by Peter Byrne and directed by David Muse. The cast also starred Senator Roger Wicker and 14 Representatives including Wm. Lacy Clay, Jared Polis, Luis Gutierrez, Ed Perlmutter and more!
“A Comedy of Capitol Errors” written by Peter Byrne and directed by Ethan McSweeny in 2008 featured Senator Patrick Leahy and 10 representatives, including Linda and Loretta Sanchez who starred as long-lost twins, in this adaptation of the Bard’s The Comedy of Errors.
2007 brought “What’s in a Name” written by Norman Allen for Will on the Hill. The evening hosted 26 cast members including Senator Robert Bennett, 12 Representatives and members of the Washington media.
In 2006 Will on the Hill featured eight Members of Congress including Edward Markey, Jane Harman, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, in an original script entitled “Much Ado about Washington,” written by Ken Ludwig.
Will on the Hill debuted in its current format in 2005 with the original skit “Lessons from Shakespeare on How to Make it in Washington” written by Ken and Carol Adelman. It starred Congressmen Ken Calvert, Cliff Stearns, Robert Livingston and Theodore Olson as well as Sam Donalson, Kathleen & Chris Matthews, George Stephanopoulos, and Steve & Cokie Roberts, to name a few.
Congressional Night 2004 centered on STC’s production of Henry IV, Part 1 and featured nearly 200 Members of Congress as members of the Honorary Committee. The evening also recognized Senator Robert Byrd for his contribution in promoting an appreciation for classical literature through his distinctive use of Shakespeare when addressing the public. Although they weren’t yet appearing on stage, the evening was hosted by eight Senators and eight Representatives, including Edward Kennedy, Ted Stevens, Nancy Pelosi, and Jerry Lewis.
Similar to 2002, the 2003 Congressional Night at STC invited Members of Congress to attend a special performance of Ben Jonson’s The Silent Woman. The evening was hosted by Senators Paul Sarbanes and Richard Shelby and Representatives Barney Frank and James Walsh. The evening was a complete sell-out, filled with Members of Congress, their staffs and Congressional Night sponsors.
Originally dubbed “Congressional Night,” the soon-to-be-called Will on the Hill was hosted by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Joe Lieberman as well as Representatives Mike Oxley and Nancy Pelosi. Members of Congress and Washington VIPs attended a dedicated Capitol Hill performance of the Theatre’s mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet. The evening raised funds in support of STC’s education and community outreach programs like the Free For All, ShakesPEERS, and Text Alive!. Will on the Hill continues this mission today!
Will on the Hill 2013 is sponsored by:
Steve and Lisa Ryan
Nick and Marla Allard
Chlopak Leonard Schechter and Associates
The Honorable Eugene Ludwig and Dr. Carol Ludwig
Sovereign Strategy, Ltd
West Wing Writers
Alston + Bird
Ernst & Young
The Financial Services Roundtable
The Kovler Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers
Vulcan Materials Company
Jonathan and Lynn Yarowsky
C2 Group LLC
The Clearing House
Elmendorf Ryan, LLC
Alice and John Goodman
Homes, Lowry, Horn & Johnson
Jones Lang LaSalle
National Association of Realtors
Navigators Global LLC
The OB-C Group, LLC
Peck Madigan and Jones
Runyan Public Affairs, LLC
The Smith-Free Group
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
For information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.
For those who participate in Will on the Hill by purchasing a VIP ticket or sponsorship package, the evening begins with a cocktail reception on the orchestra terrace of Sidney Harman Hall.
After a pre-performance drink, all guests are invited to take their seats and enjoy a brief performance by students who have participated in our education programs. Then our featured performers will take the stage to show off their acting chops, proving once again that Shakespeare had it right when he wrote: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
Following the performance is a gourmet buffet and cocktail reception for our cast, senior staff from the Hill who participate as members of the Honorary Hill Advisory Committee, and our VIP guests and sponsors to mix and mingle.
Will on the Hill has been featured in Washington Life, Capitol File, U.S. News and World Report, Roll Call, The Hill, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, The Post Express, Pamela’s Punch and more!
The Evening's Events
6:30 PM Cocktail Reception
7:30 PM Performance
8:30 PM Buffet Dinner
To join the festivities by purchasing a VIP ticket or sponsorship package, contact WillontheHill@ShakespeareTheatre.org.